Faithful Satellite

by The Black Sorrows

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    For a limited time only we are offering 20 signed vinyl packages including 4 of The Black Sorrows' critically acclaimed albums: "Certified Blue" released 2014, "Endless Sleep" (Chapter 46 and Chapter 47) released 2015 and the current Faithful Satellite double album released 2016. All discs are 180gm and include either CD version or download code.

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    Tastefully packaged in double gatefold sleeve,180gm black vinyl pressed with love in Melbourne Australia. Includes lyrics to 20 tracks plus 8 bonus tracks not available on the CD version.

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In the music of The Black Sorrows there are consistent threads and themes, a faithfully consistent darkness that adds depth to every note they play. Album number 20, Faithful Satellite is the successor to the band’s last original and critically acclaimed 2014 album Certified Blue. Joe Camilleri and underrated lyricist, Nick Smith, continue to be the masters of the eclectic. No style is left in the corner waiting for a dance partner, just as no dark human theme is left unrevealed. Swirling images of love lost, end of the line sea journeys, Voodoo, Boot hill and wild rock n roll joy rides define Faithful Satellite, a culmination of artistry that seperates Joe from the rest!

Album Highlights

Tk 2. Raise Your Hands... rockabilly meets Baptist gospel featuring sin defying voices of Vika and Linda Bull and Eamon Mcnelis on hell-raising trumpet

Tk 6. Fix My Bail pure Appalachian bluegrass Joe and co producer John extract the essence of hillbilly from Davidson Brothers on violin banjo and mandolin.

Tk 7. I Love You Anyhow... a sultry mooch with rude brass and a prohibition era swing

Tk 10. Love Is On Its Way... lovers rock reggae dedicated to and inspired by Ross (Hanna) Hannaford

The Reviews

This 20th release from the band is a glorious mix of country, pop, bluegrass, torch and New Orleans stomp and includes a reggae flavoured track in honour of the late Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool). Michael McKenzie Radio National Afternoons

The 20th album by the Australian masters of roots music pleases with its audacious range of styles, peerless production and energising guest appearances. Lucky Oceans ABC Radio Daily Planet

Faithful Satellite combines all of the qualities you would expect from the Sorrows – eclectic roots instrumentation…providing an organic warm sound that is so captivating…the songs are some of Joe and Nick Smith’s best…expect to see this on many critics best of the year list Steve Britt Rhythms Mag Sept/Oct

Camilleri simply continues to do one thing: churn out quality music…thealbum showcases a stellar line-up…these guys can play anything, and Faithful Satellite traverses bluegrass, blues, rockabilly, reggae, rock, gospel and soul Jeff Jenkins Stack Magazine

….a record that traverses the American canon with zestful joy instead of faithful appropriation… Faithful Satellite is a reminder that Camilleri and his bandmates were the gateway drug for roots music aficionados in this country Craig Mathieson The Age EG

It’s difficult to fault an album that is as diverse as this one… there is enough space within the tracks to allow them to be appreciated by new fans as well, both in terms of lyrical quality and superb musicianship… this classic Australian band are not through sharing their musical gifts with the world just yet. Jackie Smith AMNPlify

a seamless album, reinterpreting blues and soul without losing sight of the high-octane rock. They have little to do with the rest of musical proposals that relate to his native Australia. And that makes them a rara avis (rare bird)….full of personality…drunken freedom…luminously excelsos. Ruta66 Magazine Spain


released September 30, 2016

All songs by JOE Camilleri (White Falcon Music) and
NICK Smith (Jesharo Music)

Recorded at Woodstock Studios in Melbourne, producer Joe Camilleri and co-producer John McAll have enlisted a stellar line-up of guest artists that include Vika and Linda Bull, the Davidson Brothers, The Silo String Quartet and some of the best young jazz players around.


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The Black Sorrows Melbourne, Australia

Any examination of The Black Sorrows inevitably comes down to one person, Joe Camilleri, a legend in Australian music and leader of two of Australia's most loved bands. After the success of Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons, Joe formed The Sorrows in the early 80's 'for the fun of it’. The Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most successful touring bands. ... more


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